MLB Recent Player News

Date Player
1/20/2017 Santiago Casilla, Oak, P
Casilla is crossing the bay again, re-joining the Oakland Athletics with a two-year contract Friday after seven seasons with San Francisco. Casilla has spent his entire big league career between the two Bay Area teams; his initial six seasons were with Oakland.

Analysis: While the right-hander lost his job as closer last season for the Giants' struggling bullpen, he provides A's manager Bob Melvin with some options of when to use him. Casilla could be called upon to help handle ninth-inning duties along with regular closer Sean Doolittle, while Ryan Dull also could be in the mix. He went 2-5 with a 3.57 ERA and 31 saves last season after posting a 4-2 mark record with a 2.79 ERA and a career-best 38 saves in 2015.
1/19/2017 Mark Trumbo, Bal, RF
The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $37.5 million, three-year contract to keep major league home run champion Trumbo.

Analysis: Trumbo, 31, hit 47 home runs last year and became a free agent. He did not accept the Orioles' qualifying offer of a $17.2 million, one-year contract. Trumbo played in 159 games last season, batting .256 while setting career highs for home runs and RBIs (108).
1/19/2017 Mike Fiers, Hou, P
The Houston Astros and Fiers reached agreement on a one-year, $3.45 million deal on Thursday to avoid arbitration.

Analysis: The right-hander set a career best for victories by going 11-8 with a 4.48 ERA last season. He struck out 134 in 168 2/3 innings in 31 appearances (30 starts).
1/19/2017 Dan Straily, Mia, P
Miami obtained Straily from the Cincinnati Reds for three minor leaguers.

Analysis: Straily had the best year of his career in 2016, when he went 14-8 for the last-place Reds with a 3.76 ERA and 162 strikeouts in 34 games.
1/18/2017 Trevor Plouffe, Oak, 3B
Plouffe has agreed to a one-year contract with the Athletics and is expected to be the primary third baseman if he can stay healthy.

Analysis: Plouffe, who ccan also play first base, went on the disabled list for three different injuries last season with Minnesota. He began the year as the Twins' starting third baseman and hit a career-best .260 with 12 home runs and 47 RBIs in 84 games.
1/18/2017 Brandon Guyer, Cle, LF
The Indians and Guyer have agreed to a two-year contract that contains an option for the 2019 season.

Analysis: The deal buys out Guyer's two remaining arbitration years with the option covering his first eligible year of free agency. The soon-to-be 31-year-old hit .333 in 38 games for the AL champion Indians after being acquired from Tampa Bay at the Aug. 1 deadline. He batted .336 overall against left-handed pitching last season while leading the majors by being hit by a pitch 31 times.
1/17/2017 Jake Diekman, Tex, P
Diekman is expected to miss at least half the season after upcoming surgery to treat colitis, a digestive condition.

Analysis: The top left-hander in the Texas bullpen has battled the condition throughout his career and had a recent flare-up. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday the team was aware of the possible surgery and absence before agreeing with Diekman last week on a $2.55 million, one-year contract.
1/17/2017 Dillon Gee, Tex, P
The Rangers have signed Gee to a minor league contract that contains an invitation to spring training.

Analysis: The veteran right-hander hopes to be ready for spring training after undergoing thoracic outlet surgery in October. Gee went 8-9 with a 4.68 ERA in 33 games (14 starts) for Kansas City before being shut down in late September of last season. The 30-year-old is 48-46 with a 4.13 ERA over seven major league seasons with the Mets and Royals, most of which has been spent as a starter.
1/17/2017 Josh Hamilton, Tex, LF
Hamilton will be getting another shot with the Rangers, who signed the 2010 AL MVP to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.

Analysis: Whether the 35-year-old's injury-ravaged body has anything left remains to be seen. Hamilton appeared in just one minor league game while rehabbing an ACL injury in 2016 and was limited to 139 games by various ailments over the previous two seasons. The five-time All-Star was released by Texas last August.
1/16/2017 Michael Saunders, Phi, LF
The Phillies and Saunders have agreed to a one-year contract worth $9 million. The deal also contains an $11 million option with a $1 million buyout for 2018.

Analysis: Saunders wasn't able to get the big deal he was seeking after hitting a career-high 24 homers while batting .253 with 57 RBIs in a personal-best 140 games with Toronto last season. The 30-year-old Canadian still should bolster a Philadelphia outfield that severely lacked power in 2016.
1/16/2017 Danny Duffy, KC, P
Duffy and the Royals have agreed on a five-year, $65 million contract that will keep the left-hander under team control through 2021.

Analysis: The 27-year-old began last season in the bullpen but later emerged as the team's most dependable starter during a year in which he finished 12-3 with a 3.51 ERA and a career-high 188 strikeouts. The Royals went 17-9 in Duffy's starts. Duffy was scheduled to become a free agent following the 2017 campaign.
1/16/2017 José Bautista, Tor, RF
Bautista will return to the Blue Jays on a one-year contract that contains a mutual option for the 2018 season.

Analysis: Initial reports have the contract worth $17.2 million for 2017, the same amount as the qualifying offer Bautista rejected from Toronto in November. Second in franchise history with 265 home runs, the 36-year-old hit 40 with 114 RBIs in 2015 but slipped to 22 homers, 69 RBIs and a .234 average while battling injuries this past season.
1/14/2017 Xander Bogaerts, Bos, SS
Bogaerts agreed to a $4.5 million salary as seven Boston players avoided arbitration by agreeing to one-year deals with the Red Sox.

Analysis: Bogaerts posted career highs last year in home runs (21), on-base percentage (.356) and slugging percentage (.446). Bradley hit .267 with 26 homers and 87 RBIs.
1/13/2017 Tyson Ross, Tex, P
Ross and the Rangers agreed on a $6 million, one-year contract Friday.

Analysis: Ross made just one start for San Diego last season because of shoulder problems. The right-hander is 32-53 with a 3.64 ERA in 153 career appearances, including 102 starts. He made 64 starts for the Padres over two seasons in 2014-15, earning 23 of his wins.
1/13/2017 Jake Arrieta, ChC, P
The Cubs and Arrieta have agreed to a $15,637,500, one-year deal.

Analysis: Arrieta went 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA last season, helping Chicago to its first World Series title since 1908. He won the NL Cy Young Award in 2015 and is 54-21 with a 2.52 ERA in three-plus seasons with the Cubs. Arrieta is eligible for free agency after this season.
1/13/2017 Wil Myers, SD, 1B
Myers and the Padres are on the verge of agreeing to a six-year deal worth more than $80 million, multiple outlets reported on Friday.

Analysis: Myers is eligible for arbitration and the arrangement would cover his last three seasons of arbitration and his first three years of free agency. The 26-year-old is now the face of the franchise after a breakout season that included career highs of 28 homers and 94 RBIs. He started the All-Star Game held in San Diego and batted .259.
1/13/2017 Tony Watson, Pit, P
The Pirates and Watson will head to arbitration after failing to agree on contract terms prior to Friday's deadline.

Analysis: Watson earned $3.45 million last season, in which he pitched in at least 68 games for the fifth straight year and ended it as the team's closer following last July's trade of Mark Melancon. The left-hander finished with a career-high 15 saves and a 3.06 ERA after posting ERAs of under 2.00 in each of the previous two seasons. He's expected to compete with newcomer Daniel Hudson for the closer's role this spring.
1/13/2017 Anthony Rendón, Was, 3B
Rendon will earn $5.8 million in his first year as an arbitration-eligible after agreeing to terms with the Nationals.

Analysis: The infielder rebounded from an injury-plagued 2015 campaign to hit .270 with 20 homers, 12 steals and a career-high 85 RBIs in 156 games last season. Rendon earned $2.8 million in 2016.
1/13/2017 Matt Shoemaker, LAA, P
Shoemaker and the Angels have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $3.325 million contract for next season.

Analysis: The right-hander is 32-27 with a 3.80 ERA in three seasons as a regular member of the Angels' rotation, though he's recovering from a skull fracture after being struck in the head by a line drive last September. Shoemaker compiled a 9-13 record and a 3.88 ERA in 27 starts last season.
1/13/2017 Kole Calhoun, LAA, RF
Calhoun will earn $6.35 million next season after avoiding arbitration with the Angels.

Analysis: The 29-year-old delivered a third straight solid season in 2016, batting .271 with 18 home runs and 75 RBIs. Calhoun has averaged 20 homers and 72 RBIs while hitting .266 and winning one Gold Glove over the last three years.
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